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Cardinal men picked to capture Pac-12 men's soccer title

Logan Panchont is one of four Stanford players named to the preseason all-Pac-12 team. Photo by Jim Shorin/

Five-time defending Pac-12 champion Stanford was voted by the conference's coaches as the favorite to win a sixth straight Pac-12 Conference title.

Stanford, which collected all five available first-place votes, totaled 25 points. Washington was second with 19 points and followed by Oregon State (17), which picked up the remaining first-place vote. California (13), UCLA (11) and San Diego State (5) rounded out the poll.

Zach Ryan/Stanford Athletics
The nation's most successful collegiate men's soccer program over the last half-decade, Stanford has won three of the last four NCAA titles, five consecutive Pac-12 championships and posted a 77-14-18 (.789) overall record since 2014. The Cardinal returns nine starters to a team that went 12-4-5 in 2018 and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament.

Four of those returning starters earned spots on the 11-member Preseason All-Pac-12 squad in Tanner Beason, Logan Panchot, Zach Ryan and Andrew Thomas. Stanford's four selections led all schools.

Stanford's regular-season home opener is on Monday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. against No. 25 UC Irvine. The Cardinal hosts Pacific in an exhibition match at 7 p.m. Friday.

The Cardinal has posted a 44-6-10 (.817) record at home over the past five seasons with a Goals Against Average of 0.53.

— Staff report

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